Relativity's Immortals spent its last day at the top of the box office on Thursday with a daily take of $1.59 million. In the process the Tarsem Singh directed 3D action film topped the $40 million mark. Immortals fell a sizable 15 percent from Wednesday, though it should be noted that wide releases aimed at adults experienced significant daily declines in general, no doubt a result of the anticipated midnight launch of Breaking Dawn - Part 1. Immortals was easily the week's top film with a better than expected seven-day start of $40.73 million. However, throughout much of the week the film has also shown early signs of being quite front-loaded.
Coming as no surprise, Summit's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was off to a massive start at midnight. The fourth installment of the fantasy franchise grossed an estimated $30.25 million in midnight grosses, which will be counted towards today's opening day gross. The midnight launch of Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was 15.5 percent stronger than the $26.2 million midnight take of 2009's New Moon and nearly on par with the $30.0 million midnight start of last year' Eclipse. Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the performance of Breaking Dawn - Part 1.
Jack and Jill held steady in second place on Thursday with $0.84 million. The Adam Sandler comedy vehicle from Sony was down 5 percent from Wednesday. With a seven-day start of $29.03 million, Jack and Jill just outpaced Paramount's Puss in Boots in a close battle for second place for the week. Jack and Jill opened slightly above expectations, but at the same time was soft this week by the lofty box office standards of an Adam Sandler comedy. The film is currently running 32 percent behind the pace of this year's Just Go with It.
Puss in Boots was up one spot from Wednesday to claim third on Thursday with $0.80 million. The computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation fell just 1 percent from Wednesday. However, at the same time the film was down a steep 66 percent from last Thursday, due in part to last Thursday being the eve of Veterans Day and in part to the arrival of Warner's Happy Feet Two in theatres today. Puss in Boots took third for the week with $28.28 million and has now grossed $111.59 million through three weeks of release.
Warner's J. Edgar fell one spot and 15 percent from Wednesday to place in fourth with $0.74 million. The Clint Eastwood directed biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio finished in fifth place for the week (just behind Universal's Tower Heist) with $14.70 million. J. Edgar has grossed $14.79 million through nine days, which is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations.
Fox Searchlight's The Descendants grossed $39,423 in its second day of platform release from 5 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Alexander Payne directed Best Picture hopeful starring George Clooney grossed $79,200 in its first two days of platform release. That was a bit softer than the $98,534 two-day midweek platform start of J. Edgar last week, though J. Edgar was playing in 7 locations as opposed to 5. Beginning today The Descendants will be playing in 29 locations.
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